2018 Ethic of Service award recipients with Bob Virgil
Founded during Washington University in St. Louis’ Sesquicentennial year, the Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award is an annual award recognizing a select group of WashU community members who exemplify a character of service and contribution to the St. Louis region.
Any member of the WashU community, past or current, who resides in and serves the St. Louis community is eligible to receive the award. This includes students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, and volunteers of the university.
Nominations for the 2019 Ethic of Service Award are due Friday, February 1 by 5:00pm. Announcements will be made in March, and honorees will be recognized at a reception, followed by a private dinner, in mid-April.
Nominations must be submitted online, and supplemental materials will not be accepted. Nominators are strongly encouraged to review the selection committee’s tips for writing a quality nomination. If you need assistance submitting your online application, please email Stephanie Kurtzman.
2018 marked the fifteenth anniversary of the award. On April 17, we recognized the work of this year’s seven outstanding honorees at a ceremony and private dinner. Watch a special anniversary video and read about our 2018 honorees below.
Characteristics of Award Honorees
The award committee anticipates a broad range of nominations that define service to community in many different ways. While the committee is not looking for a specific type of community involvement, characteristics of award honorees might include one or more of the following:
- Shows compassion for others
- Exudes passion for a social, cultural or economic issue
- Creates positive impact on the St. Louis community
- Considers service to the community to be a way of life
- Goes above and beyond professional responsibilities in their service to St. Louis
- Is dedicated to serving others
- Demonstrates selflessness
- Positively influences other’s perceptions of St. Louis
- Believes in the St. Louis region
- Inspires compassion and action in others
For More Information
- Learn more about Gerry and Bob Virgil
- Read “A Truly Extraordinary Couple” in Washington Magazine
- View a list of all past honorees, dating back to 2004.
- If you have questions about the award and/or nomination process, please contact Stephanie Kurtzman, Peter G. Sortino Director of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.